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Security: Jonathan Summons Governors And Members Of National Security Council

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President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has summoned members of the National

Security Council to a meeting tomorrow at the Presidential Villa against

the background of recent events and developments in the country.

The meeting which will be presided over by President Jonathan is scheduled

for thursday at 11:am
Those expected at the meeting include Vice President Namadi Sambo, the

Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen Aliyu Gusau, the National Security Adviser,

Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal

Alex Badeh, the Service Chiefs, the Inspector-General of Police, the

Director-General of the State Security Services and the Director-General

of National Intelligence Agency.
The meeting of the National Security Council will be followed at 1300

Hours by an enlarged meeting on security developments in the country to

which President Jonathan has invited State Governors.

President Jonathan, members of the National Security Council and the state

governors will review the security situation in the country as well as

ongoing national security measures and operations with a view to

determining the best way forward.
President Jonathan reassures all Nigerians and persons living in the

country that the Federal Government remains very mindful of its

responsibility for the safety of their lives and properties in all parts

of Nigeria and will continue to do everything possible to protect them

from the scourge of terrorism and insecurity.
The President is particularly concerned about the plight of the young

Senior Secondary School girls who were reportedly abducted from their

school in Borno State on Monday night and has ordered the military and

national security agencies to deploy maximum efforts towards rescuing all

of the girls and returning them safely to their parents. He welcomes

reports that the military and security agencies have already rescued some

of the girls.
President Jonathan deeply regrets the pain, sorrow and anguish brought

upon many Nigerian families in recent days as a consequence of recurring

security challenges which the nation is contending with.

The President remains convinced that with the patriotic commitment and

support of all Nigerians, the country will ultimately overcome its present

challenges and move forward in unity and strength.

In this regard, President Jonathan will be pleased to see all politicians

in the country exhibiting greater responsibility and patriotism by doing

more to support his administration's sincere efforts to enhance national

security rather than trying to build political capital out of the pain and

misery of their compatriots.